After the new generation flagship LS premiered during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, this spring the eco-conscious 500h hybrid version has been featured during the Geneva Motor Show.
The new hybrid LS 500h is using the Lexus Global Architecture―Luxury (GA-L) platform, coming with a lower center of gravity and better weight distribution. It also premieres the automaker’s latest Multi Stage Hybrid System, made out of a 3.5-liter V6 Dual VVT-i petrol engine and two electric motors for a total output of 354 horsepower (264 kilowatts). The new system comes with a so-called four-stage shifting device which allows “much greater drive power” when starting off from zero, for a 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration in 5.4 seconds. In addition, high speed cruising takes place at lower engine rpm and the vehicle will go electric at up to 87 mph (140 kph).
The transmission of the vehicle has been retuned and also comes with a device Lexus calls Driver’s Mind Index, which handles gear shifting to better address the driver’s style. Electric energy comes from a compact, lightweight battery pack, which is 20-percent smaller than the nickel-metal hydride unit from the previous generation. The 2018 LS 500h also comes with the Lexus Dynamic Handling package, designed to improve handling, as well with the Lexus Safety System+ housing advanced safety and assist systems, including an intuitive pedestrian detection function with active steering, a world premiere, according to the automaker.